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September 19, 2014 / 24 Elul, 5774
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Gaza Belt Heads Tell Displaced Residents ‘Don’t Come Home Yet

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Heads of the Regional Councils in the Gaza Belt area are warning residents who fled their districts not to come home yet, despite the ‘open-ended’ cease-fire between Israel and Gaza terrorists that started Tuesday night.

Eshkol Regional Council mayor Chaim Yellin told Channel 10 television in an interview Tuesday evening, “I don’t care what they’re saying in the government, or what they’re saying in Hamas.

“I will tell residents to come back only when I feel there is a true cease-fire, and not before.”

Few, if any Israelis have any faith that Hamas and other Gaza terrorist groups will keep their end of the open-ended Egyptian-brokered cease-fire deal that went into effect Tuesday at 7 pm.

“No one believes in this cease fire,” one person told a reporter in an ‘on the street’ interview by Army Radio. “It will continue and they will use it to re-arm,” the unnamed civilian said. “Half a year and we will be back at the same thing all over again.”

Just before 7 pm and up to nine minutes after the cease-fire was already supposed to have been underway, Gaza terrorists fired more than a dozen mortar shells at the Eshkol Regional Council district. One Israeli civilian was killed and seven others were wounded, including two who were taken to Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Medical Center in critical condition.

Some 70 percent of the area’s residents have been internally displaced by the lethal rocket and mortar fire directed at their homes. A number of them left on Monday, after a weekend of grieving over the death of 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman, who was killed at his home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz by flying shrapnel in an attack last Friday.

Gaza Qassam Attack Damages Power Line in Eshkol

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

A Qassam rocket damaged a power line in the Eshkol Regional Council district Tuesday morning.

Gaza rocket fire was aimed numerous times at the region, many of whose residents have temporarily evacuated for their own safety.

Terrorists launched a barrage at the area; at least seven of the rockets exploded in open areas in the region.

Hundreds of thousands of southern Israelis have been internally displaced by the conflict with Hamas terrorists.

The Tragerman family of Nahal Oz said they have decided not to return in the wake of a mortar attack that took the life of their 4-year-old son Daniel last Friday, in the hours before the Sabbath.

Education Minister: Hamas Terror Won’t Prevent Israel’s Children from Learning

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Israel’s Ministry of Education is determined that Gaza terrorists will not be allowed to disrupt life and learning for children in the Jewish State.

The school year will start on time no matter what, said Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron (Yesh Atid), who told local education department directors at a meeting in Ramat Gan on Wednesday the curriculum would be modified in the first two weeks to help children adapt to the current situation.

Good intentions notwithstanding, however, the plan may be difficult to carry out in some places: today (Thursday, August 21) a kindgarten was struck by a Qassam rocket in a barrage fired from Gaza.

“The school year will begin as planned, and we’re prepared for any security-related events,” Piron told the participants.

“For the first two weeks, the curriculum this year will not cover the regular subjects, but rather will include activities that will help dissipate tensions related to the situation,” he explained.

“There will be discussions relating to the events of the summer, and activities to raise awareness and demonstrate the meaning and impact of racism and incitement.

“Where there is a lack of freedom of speech, there is no freedom,” he continued. “Silencing speech leads to social chaos. Freedom of speech is not related to ‘right’ or ‘left’ or religious or secular status; it is relevant for everyone. It is our responsibility as a society to know and contend with different expressions and not to view them as a threat.

“The State of Israel cannot exist if Jews and Arabs are unable to live together; this is part of our code of ethics, it is a test of our society.”

1 Israeli Hero Wounded Saving Children from Rocket Barrage in Eshkol

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

One man was wounded saving children’s lives Thursday morning in a rocket barrage fired from Gaza at Israeli communities along the southern border.

The victim did not quite make it into a bomb shelter at a local kindergarten that was hit by a Qassam rocket — he spent the time making sure all the children got into the safe space instead. He sustained shrapnel wounds and was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, where he is listed in fair condition.

A home was also directly hit by a Qassam rocket in the Eshkol Regional Council district. No one was in the house at the time of the attack. The structure sustained moderate damage; bomb squad sappers raced to the scene.

A barrage of six Qassam rockets was directed at the region, in addition to a dozen mortar shells that were aimed at the district. A barn filled with cows was hit as well, regional police said in a post on the Twitter social networking site. Several cows were killed in the attack.

It is not clear whether the Code Red incoming rocket alert system was functioning properly in all areas of the district.

The attack came just 25 minutes after a Qassam rocket landed in the same area. On Wednesday, dozens of rockets were fired at the Eshkol Regional Council district.

Six Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists, meanwhile, were struck by the Israel Air Force as they were in the final preparations to launch a rocket attack, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. “A hit was confirmed,” a spokesperson said.

By 11 am Thursday morning, Hamas had fired 243 rockets at Israeli civilians since violating the cease-fire with a barrage of rocket fire on Tuesday afternoon. Of those,184 reached Israeli territory and 37 were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, indicating the missiles were headed for densely populated areas in Israel. Another 16 never made it past the Gaza security fence, striking Palestinian Arab civilians instead.

Royal Jordanian Cancels Flights to Ben Gurion Airport

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Royal Jordanian Airlines has cancelled flights to Ben Gurion International Airport as a precaution due to the current security situation, the carrier said.

It has been a full month since Royal Jordanian flew its regular route to Tel Aviv, and the carrier only resumed its normal schedule this week due to concerns over rocket fire from Gaza.

Hamas terrorists warned commercial arline carriers not to fly to Israel Thursday, saying it was planning to target Ben Gurion International Airport with missile fire. However, there has been no rocket fire directed at the airport thus far.

Security has been increased in accordance with the current situation, and flights are continuing to take off and land on schedule with no disruptions of the routine.

Security Cabinet in Marathon Session to Decide Next Step

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Israel’s Security Cabinet has been meeting for hours in Tel Aviv at the Defense Ministry office in the IDF’s Kiryah base headquarters to decide the next step as Gaza terrorists continue to rain down rocket and missile fire on southern and central Israeli civilians.

By 5 pm Wednesday, more than 150 projectiles had been fired at citizens of the Jewish State since Hamas violated the 11th temporary cease-fire eight hours before it was due to expire at midnight Tuesday.

IAF fighter pilots took to the skies within minutes after the initial barrage of rockets exploded around the outskirts of Be’er Sheva and Netivot on Tuesday afternoon, and the IDF has carried out non-stop air strikes ever since.

Late last night IAF pilots dropped a bunker-buster on a home where it was believed that Hamas leader Mohammed Deif was hiding. His 28 year old wife and 7 month old infant were both killed and two other children were reportedly wounded, according to local sources, who said Deif himself managed somehow to survive.

Among the points being discussed at the cabinet meeting, it is believed, is the question of whether to expand Operation Protectie Edge, again, and if so, how.

Report: Qatar Threatened to Kick Out Hamas

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Israelis may have to blame Qatar for the current round of rocket fire, if a report published in Arab media is true.

The pan-Arab daily newspaper Al Hayat reports that Qatar has threatened to kick out Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal if he agrees to any permanent cease-fire deal with Israel brokered by Egyptian mediators in Cairo.

Qatar heavily supports the Muslim Brotherhood, which founded the Hamas terrorist organization, and which backed Egptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s predecessor, former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, whom he forced out of power.

According to a Ramallah-based Fatah official serving with the Palestinian Authority unity government, Hamas has demanded Qatar be allowed to join the cease-fire talks. Egypt refuses to allow this, as does Israel.

Mashaal has been based in Qatar and essentially has served at the pleasure of the regime since fleeing Damascus at the start of the civil war there that was ignited by the region-wide Arab Spring riots in March 2011.

The question now is whether Qatar’s ire over its alientation in Cairo will extend to the influence of areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority unity government in Judea and Samaria.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/report-qatar-threatened-to-kick-out-hamas/2014/08/20/

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